Diving into the Best Practices for Boat Safety

To ensure a long, fun-filled day out on the lake, safety must be a number one priority for all individuals looking to ride or operate any type of watercraft. At Motor Boatin, we know and understand the importance of boating safety.

Here are five tips to ensure the safety of all passengers onboard:

  1. Take a course: At Motor Boatin, a lot of our boaters are beginners. This is why safety courses can be extremely helpful. They can help boaters feel more comfortable and confident when out on the water. Here is a free online course.
  2. Know how to properly use life jackets: Life jackets can be the difference between life and death. Even the most experienced swimmers should consider wearing a life jacket. In North Carolina, children under 13 are required to wear an appropriate life vest when the vessel is underway.
  3. Don’t overload the boat: Parties should always follow the specified person limit when deciding how many individuals will be on the boat. It is especially crucial to not gather at the end of one side of the boat. This can cause the boat to flip and people to potentially drown, therefore, it is extremely dangerous to overcrowd the boat.
  4. Avoid alcohol: Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is illegal. It can severely affect your sense of judgement and is one of the leading causes of boat accidents. Keep yourself and your party safe by just avoiding alcohol altogether when operating a watercraft.
  5. Regularly check the hourly weather conditions: It is important to check the hourly weather conditions in the nearby area because as a storm approaches, so do unsafe boating conditions. Remember that, at Motor Boatin, rentals can be rescheduled before reservation date with no penalty. Going out on the water during an extreme storm is not worth risking your life.

Safety always comes first! If you feel like venturing out on the water for the first time, reserve a rental from Motor Boatin today. Our goal is to make everyone feel confident when boating. Contact us for more information.

All About North Carolina Fishing License Requirements

Getting out on the lake is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful, spring weather in North Carolina. To fully enjoy the day, many choose to spend their time fishing. From relaxing on the boat waiting for a bite to the adrenaline rush of catching your first fish, it is truly one of the best experiences out there. However, it is important to follow North Carolina fishing license guidelines to ensure a fun yet safe day.

Here is some helpful information about NC fishing license requirements:

  1. Exception for obtaining your fishing license: Youth under age 16 are exempt from the requirement of any fishing license. This gives them the perfect excuse to get outdoors and try something new.
  2. Non-North Carolina residents’ licenses: Nonresidents may purchase a resident license while attending a university, college or visiting the state of NC. Reward yourself for working hard by scheduling some fun leisure time! Whether its time spent at a campsite with your family or a day trip, Motor Boatin has great rental options if you are visiting us.
  3. Free Fishing Day: July 4th is declared “Free Fishing Day,” and a fishing license is not required in any public waters on this date to promote the sport of fishing. With the warm weather during this time of the year, it is a great time to fish with friends and family.
  4. Type of fishing licenses: There are a multitude of fishing licenses you can obtain for your day out. Check out this list to see what license would fit you the best. These licenses range from short-term to lifetime uses.

Ready for a day filled with fishing? Whether you want to start fishing on one of our fishing boats or you’d rather just lounge around the lake on a pontoon, Motor Boatin has all your rental needs covered. Contact us if you have any questions about fishing licenses or if you want to start planning your day out on the water.

How to Navigate a Lake for the First Time

Renting your first boat? There is nothing more exciting than getting out on the water for the first time! With the warm weather, open water and all the fun you can imagine at your fingertips, we are so excited to welcome you to the Motor Boatin family. To help you get started, we compiled a couple of our favorite tips and tricks for your first time out on the water.

Here are three tips to help navigate a lake for the first time:

  1. Review our rental policy: This is a great place to start. Review our rental policy here before your arrival. When you arrive, talk to the rental staff about any questions or concerns. They won’t just take your money and hand you the keys; they’ll talk you through safety rules and regulations and help find he best boat for you.
  2. Know your limits: If you aren’t familiar with the water, stay with a group or get a chart of the water you’ll be navigating and take a short route at first. There is a lot of learning that will take place out on the water so take it slow and remind yourself that you are a beginner.
  3. Check your surroundings: You should always have a reasonable idea of where you are in a large body of water. Regulars out on the lake typically recognize buildings on the shoreline that give them an idea of where they are at. While this method works under normal circumstances, if you try to find your way back after dark, everything will look different. In unfamiliar waters, it is good to have maps so you can locate your launch point and use a compass to find your way back. It is also helpful to ask our staff about landmarks, maps and GPS capabilities.

We are eagerly awaiting your arrival here at Motor Boatin! Spice up your free time with a Jet Ski or boat rental from us. Our quality rentals are the perfect ingredients for an afternoon of fun, recreation and relaxation. We cannot wait to hear from you!

Steps to Rent at Motor Boatin’

Have you ever wanted to operate a fishing boat? Pontoon? Jet Ski? We offer the perfect opportunity for you to do just that! At Motor Boatin’, we take pride in providing affordable and entertaining rentals for our local communities.

To ensure the safety of all of our customers, we require the following steps for all renters:

  1. Check eligibility: All renters must be 26 years or older and have a valid driver’s license or identification. The driver will be required to be listed on the Boat Rental Participant Agreement form. With this, they must follow all North Carolina boating laws and the terms and conditions in the agreement.
  2. Make a reservation: At the time of making the reservation, the rental and taxes are to be paid along with the security deposit. The driver must also provide their driver’s license when making the reservation.
  3. Check cancellation and weather policies: To cancel ahead of time, there is a refund minus 10% of the rental cost, however, rescheduling ahead of time up to the day before is free. It is important to check the weather up to the scheduled date to make the decision to reschedule if needed. If a party is on the water for less than 4 hours and a storm comes, a half-day will be provided depending on the availability.
  4. Pick up the rental: Drivers can pick up their rentals between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. It is to be returned by 6:00 PM. Both of these times are to be scheduled before the day of the rental. There are no refunds on early returns or late pickups.

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to schedule fun leisure time out on the water. If you and your family are looking to schedule a day trip to a lake in the Triangle, reserve a spot today! If you have any further questions about our rentals, check out our FAQ and don’t hesitate to contact us.

Funny (But Important) FAQs That We Get Asked

Operating a boat or personal watercraft can seem a little challenging especially the first time. For this reason, those new to boating come in with all kinds of questions. Although at first glance they may sound funny to experienced boaters, they are all valid questions that deserve to be answered.

Here are four of our frequently asked questions:

  1. Where are the brakes? There are actually no brakes on any type of watercraft. This stresses the importance of not speeding while operating and shows why speeding is one of the leading causes of boat collisions. Drivers can however use reverse to slow the watercraft down.
  2. How do I stop Jet Skis? Jet Skis are included when we say there are no brakes in all watercraft. Individuals can use reverse to help maneuver and to slow down, but there is no way to completely stop. If you are unable to slow down, remember to stop the engine way before getting ashore. This will prevent damage to the motor of the Jet Ski.
  3. Why is the boat not moving? First, is the motor down in the water? If not, that is the problem. This is actually a more common question than you may think. To fix this, use the trim button on the gear shifter and squeeze it down to put the motor down. This will allow the motor to work properly and ensure that the boat starts moving. Boaters don’t realize while they have their hand on the shifter, their thumb is almost always on the trim up/down button and they press the button up while pushing the shifter.  To correct the motor out of the water, press the button down.
  4. Why isn’t my boat cranking? Before doing anything else, check to make sure the kill switch is attached and that the shifter is in neutral. Otherwise, this could be an actual problem. To prevent any possible damage, immediately call us at (919)-800-9716 for further assistance.

We have heard all types of questions throughout the years. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any other questions you may have (even if they may be a little funny at first). If you are planning to rent a boat or other type of watercraft in the Triangle area, consider Motor Boatin’. Check our availability and reserve a spot today.

5 Health Benefits of Fishing

Many people see fishing as a fun pastime, but did you know that fishing actually has many physical and mental health benefits as well? From increasing vitamin D intake to reducing stress levels, fishing provides a large range of benefits for personal health which makes it good for the body and mind.

Here are five health benefits of fishing:

  1. Increase in vitamin D intake: Whether it’s a sunny or cloudy day, one can get vitamin D while fishing. Vitamin D plays a vital role in boosting our immune systems and keeping our bones healthy. It also helps regulate moods and can make people happier overall.
  2. Provides exercise: Fishing is surprisingly a great, low-impact exercise. It engages a person’s shoulders, back, arms, core, and legs. Research shows that just being outdoors also encourages a healthier lifestyle.
  3. Improves blood pressure: Spending time fishing has been shown to decrease a person’s blood pressure. Being surrounded by nature for even just 30 minutes lowers blood pressure and improves overall health by reducing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
  4. Boosts concentration: Over time, studies have shown that adults have far shorter attention spans than in previous decades. By unplugging and directing their attention toward fishing, individuals can boost their short-term concentration. Throughout many fishing sessions, people can improve their long-term concentration over time.
  5. Reduces stress: Many people are aware of the relaxation that fishing brings. Fishing relieves pressure and stress that one might feel. Similar to meditation, fishing takes a person’s mind off of any internal thoughts or stress.

Fishing is an activity everyone can enjoy and provides health benefits for all ages. If you and your family are looking to rent a fishing boat, consider Motor Boatin’. We also provide packed tackle boxes, rods, and fresh bait. Reserve a spot today!

All about the Different Watercraft Available for Rent at Motor Boatin’

Have you been wanting to plan a nice day out on the lake? Create fun memories with your loved ones? Try out riding a boat for the first time? The different types of rentable watercraft at Motor Boatin’ provide a fun answer to all of these questions. Motor Boatin’ dives in to share more on the kinds of watercraft we have available for rent.

Here are the different watercraft available for rent at Motor Boatin’:

  1. Pontoon Boats: Pontoon boats are great for cruising on serene waters and spending time with family and friends. These hold around ten people and were built to entertain. Our pontoon boats come equipped with a radio and most come with Bluetooth capability. This allows for larger groups to truly enjoy their time out on the water and create unforgettable memories. Learn more about our pontoon boats here.
  2. Jet Skis: Jet Skis offer a perfect opportunity for getting out of one’s comfort zone. They provide a fun and exciting experience that is one of a kind. We even have a Yamaha Waverunner VX Deluxe that seats 3 people so that individuals can have fun with friends as well. Prior to heading off, we also give all passengers a safety lesson so that they will feel confident when riding. Learn more about our Jet Skis here.
  3. Fishing Boats: Whether it’s an experienced fisherman or a beginner, our fishing boats are the best all-around experience for casting lines and relaxing. We also provide packed tackle boxes, rods, and fresh bait, so that families can focus on the fun parts of a day filled with fishing. Learn more about our fishing boats here.

With all of our watercraft available for rent, we are assured that every individual can find a water activity perfect for them. If you are looking to rent a boat or other types of watercraft and make countless memories, consider Motor Boatin’. Reserve a spot today and contact us for any other questions.

5 Pet Safety Tips While Boating

Safety is the number one priority for all passengers of a boat or any other watercraft and this includes the safety of our furry friends. Pet owners shouldn’t have to risk the well-being of their pets in order to enjoy a nice boat ride with them.

Here are five pet safety tips while boating:

  1. Bring a pet life jacket: Life jackets are essential for humans but also for pets. Even though most dogs can swim, swimming becomes harder in rougher currents or if they are fatigued. Therefore, buying a life jacket that fits securely is important to reduce any potential risks.
  2. Pack lots of water: Water is a necessity for any boat ride but especially for warmer days. Having a bowl and cold water readily available allows for pets to drink throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  3. Plan for bathroom breaks: Planning times throughout the day for bathroom breaks is always a good idea when boating with any kind of animal. Some dogs may prefer to use a potty pad while on board, but others may feel more comfortable using real grass ashore.
  4. Apply sunscreen: Pets need sunscreen too! Many pet owners forget to think about bringing sunscreen for their animals, however, it is very important for their skin. Dogs that are light-colored or have thin fur are at higher risk of becoming sunburned.
  5. Make a canine first aid kit: Much like a human first aid kit, a canine first aid kit is useful if boat passengers come across any dangerous situations with their animals. Some possible items to pack are antibiotics for cuts, gauze, or any other emergency supplies.

Following these tips when planning a day out on the water with your furry friend can lead to many wonderful memories. If you are looking to rent a boat or other types of watercraft in the Triangle area, consider Motor Boatin’. Reserve a spot today or contact us for any questions.

What to Wear on a Winter Boat Trip

When taking a boat ride in the winter months, nothing is more important than wearing the correct clothing items. Coming prepared allows boat riders to enjoy being out on the water rather than being left cold and miserable.

Here are five items to wear on a winter boat trip:

  1. Layers, layers, and more layers: In cold temperatures, layers are the most important addition to any outfit. Boaters can include layers such as thick thermals to stay warm and top off with winter coats. If a person gets too warm, they are also able to take off a layer without risking getting cold.
  2. Waterproof jacket: During the winter months, it is also important to stay dry. Waterproof jackets and other garments allow boaters to add water-resistant layers to their outfits. This lets them stay dry and ultimately prevents them from getting cold in the process.
  3. Dry suit: Dry suits are great options if individuals are planning on getting in the water. Since it doesn’t take much time to get cold in the water, dry suits are designed to keep swimmers dry and also warm. They are a necessity for any winter trip out on the water.
  4. Gloves: Fingers can get cold quickly which is a problem since most boaters are constantly using their hands. Short-fingered gloves are a great option as they allow for more movement than regular gloves while also keeping an individual’s hands warm.
  5. Winter boots: As with other types of clothing items, it is important that the footwear is designed for colder months. Many choose to wear fleece-lined rubber boots as they offer warmth while also keeping boaters dry while on the water.

Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside or wait until the warmer months to get out on the water. If you are interested in planning a winter boat trip in the Triangle, check our availability and reserve a spot today. Contact us today for more information.

Jet Ski Safety Tips

Riding a Jet Ski is a fun way to spend a lake day. When out on the water, it is important to follow safety guidelines to ensure an enjoyable yet safe ride. Motor Boatin’ provides some safety tips for anyone looking to ride a Jet Ski.

Here are five safety tips for riding a Jet Ski:

  1. Take an online boating safety course: Online safety courses are available to inform individuals with all different kinds of boating backgrounds of the safety guidelines that should be enforced at all times. On our website, we provide a free safety course to get started.
  2. Wear a life jacket: One of the most crucial safety precautions when riding any personal watercraft is wearing a life jacket. The driver and all passengers of the Jet Ski should be wearing a life jacket at all times regardless of their swimming abilities. It is also important that the jacket fits correctly. Wearing a life jacket that is too loose or too tight can cause it to not work properly.
  3. Maintain distance and don’t speed: Like cars, speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents on the water. With this, it is a good idea to maintain a safe distance when riding near other Jet Skis to prevent any serious accidents.
  4. Never drink alcoholic beverages when operating: Drinking when operating a Jet Ski can impair a driver’s judgment and cause unsafe conditions. This makes it very dangerous for not only the driver but also the passengers riding. North Carolina prohibits any person from being under the influence when operating all types of watercraft.
  5. Stay alert: When riding on public waters, there can be other individuals on all types of watercraft. It is important to be mindful of others and to always stay alert to ensure the safety of everyone riding and those in close proximity.

Safety is our number one priority. If you are interested in renting a Jet Ski or any other personal watercraft, consider Motor Boatin’. Check our availability and reserve a spot today. Contact us for more information or any questions you may have.